For me, there is nothing more special than a homemade gifts during the holidays. Cookies and fudge are popular to prepare for gift giving during the season, but why not make it even more special by adding some homemade dark chocolate truffles? For quite a few years I worked at a popular gift shop, and one of their specialties were hand-rolled fudge truffles in various flavors. My very good friend Suwanee hand-rolled and hand-dipped each truffle in chocolate. She inspired this recipe. These are not dipped in melted chocolate, but you could certainly add that step if you like.
Yields up to 25 truffles
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder, optional
Tips~ If you prefer, you can leave the espresso out and mix in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract once ganache is thick.
For Espresso Cocoa Topping:
1 tablespoons instant espresso
1 tablespoon cane sugar or regular sugar
1 tablespoon dark chocolate cocoa powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Some Other Choices For Toppings:
Finely chopped toasted coconut
Finely crushed pecans
Holiday color sugar crystals
Tips~ I used about 1/4 cup of each
1. In a small pot, add the condensed milk, butter and cocoa powder. Heat to medium/low. Once butter begins to melt and sauce starts to heat up, stir in the espresso. Continue stirring with a spatula or wooden spoon until ganache becomes very thick. It may take 8 to 10 minutes or until the chocolate pulls clear and away from sides and bottom of pot. Never leave this unattended because it could burn quickly at this point.
2. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl that is lightly coated in a little oil. Chill for a few hours or overnight. When ready, have your toppings ready. If using the cocoa espresso topping, mix all of the ingredients together and set aside. Rub a light coat of oil on your hands and take about 1 tablespoons of chocolate ganache into your hands and roll it until smooth. Roll in your favorite toppings and set onto plate lined with wax paper. Repeat until done. Let dry uncovered at room temperature overnight. Store in an airtight container. Yields up to 25 truffles.
Dark Chocolate Holiday Truffles. So easy to prepare and great for gift giving!